Members of the public doing private, non-commercial research may apply for reference access to the Library on production of the necessary proof of address and ID. You are classed as a member of the public if you are not studying at a SCONUL University. You can check your institutions status here.
To apply for membership, you will need to provide proof of address and personal ID:
Acceptable proof of address (must be less than 3 months old):
Utility Bill (Gas, Electricity, Telephone, Water)
Bank/Building Society Statement (must be statement or letter referring to account)
Visa/Mastercard Credit Card Statement
Mobile phone bill
Council tax bill/council tax payment book
We do not accept medical cards, tenancy agreements, or confirmation on unheaded paper.
Acceptable personal ID:
National ID Cards
UK College and University ID
Bank Credit or Debit Card
Staff ID Card
ID cards from private colleges
Photo oyster cards
All applicants must complete our Self registraion form.
You will recieve a confirmation email from our team. Please be aware that it can take up to 5 working days to process your application, but in most cases we are able to issue Library Reference permits on the same day as your registration.
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Opening times for Archives are changing from the 1st October 2012. If you plan to visit our Archives please contact the team before you visit.